My background is in dance. However as a neurodivergent and disabled artist I found I could not proceed through standard institutional training routes. As a result I have learnt through short courses and workshops, through peers, on the job (assisting and shadowing) and through opportunities like this one. Through this I have developed a multi-disciplinary practice.
My solo work makes spaces and experiences that reach for a place of shared catharsis through the exploration of ritualistic urges. It brings together movement, text, image, live art, oral history, live music and noise. My practice comes from a place of unashamed queerness, neuro-divergence, chronic, and mental illness.
Being an artist on the autistic spectrum I am fascinated by the sensory and my process involves as much thinking about smell, taste, light, temperature, sound, texture, duration and proximity as it does the visual. I have learnt greatly from the artists I have worked with. In particular, two long standing collaborative relationships with visual and sound artist Mary Hurrell, and performance maker and poet Luke Pell.
My work as a performer has included performances for traditional spaces as well as galleries, libraries and outdoor spaces. It has involved using improvisation techniques, devising text, singing, and, as you will see from this video, playing the bass guitar.
Since 2011 I have been lucky enough to work with Candoco Dance Company. I have led on projects and workshops with disabled and non-disabled participants from young to old, in care settings, schools, performance and professional contexts. From 2014-2019 I co-led their youth dance classes. My practice is about connecting and engaging with people in the space beyond words and fascilitation is an important part of this.
As part of this great opportunity I will bring to the group my experience working inclusively, within current models of best practice in the UK. This is an area that is constantly developing and there is always more to learn. However I am able to bring knowledge of my successes to date and areas where I have struggled. Knowing that having experience is not the same thing as being an authority – especially in an area where there is always more to learn and new approaches to try – I offer my openness and genuine interest.